Ole Miss Rebels Football News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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Ole Miss was an early College Football Playoff contender, but slipped with late seasons losses.
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The Ole Miss Rebels play Division I college football for the University of Mississippi in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Rebels play their home games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford MS. Houston Nutt is the head coach of the Rebels. Their main rivals include Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Louisiana State University and Arkansas.
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The Ole Miss football program began in 1890. The Rebels have played in the SEC since 1932 and have won six conference titles in that time. They have also won three national titles; the most recent one was in 1962. The Rebels won the Western Division within the SEC in 2003. Ole Miss is the alma mater of Archie Manning, his son and the New York Giants Eli Manning as well as Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, Michael Oher, whose story was told in the film, 'The Blind Side.' As of 2011, Ole Miss has played in 33 bowl games and won 21 of them. They won the Cotton Bowl in 2009 and 2010.
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Vaught Hemingway Stadium is located at All American and Hill Drive in University, MS. It is named for Ole Miss law professor and athletics committee chairman Judge William Hemingway and legendary Ole Miss Coach Johnny Vaught. The 60,000-seat stadium first opened in 1915.The largest crowd Vaught- Hemingway Stadium has drawn is 62,657 during a 2009 game against Alabama. The most recent expansion came in 2002 when about 10,000 seats were added.
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3/18/15: Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly, the nephew of Buffalo Bills legendary QB Jim Kelly, may be getting back into good graces with the school and football program. He completed his court-ordered community service from an incident outside of a Buffalo nightclub. Kelly is a talented player, but has had anger management issues in the past. He wore out his welcome at Clemson. Hopefully, he is getting his life back in order. If that happens, then he may end up as the starting QB for the Rebels in the not-to-distant future, and perhaps take that development further into playing on Sundays.
3/11/15: A few weeks ago, Sean Patterson was an offensive quality control coach at LSU. His brother was a five star QB prospect that was looking at both LSU and Ole Miss. Sean quit his job the same day Shea committed to Ole Miss, and the Pattersons' father reported that Sean had several job opportunities, one of them happened to be at Mississippi. Lo and behold, brother Sean has a job as the Rebels' associate director of recruiting operations. Sean Patteson reportedly meets the qualifications for recruiting job, though do not be surprised if others call 'Shenanigans', especially considering how hard LSU was sanctioned for their early enrollee that backed out.
2/25/14: Ole Miss got the verbal commitment from highly prized recruit Shea Patterson recently, beating out SEC rival LSU. Patterson is the No. 3 ranked player in the 2016 class and a five-star prospect, so this is potentially huge for Ole Miss. However, LSU may not be as excited. Shea's older brother Sean Jr. had been a quality assurance assistant at LSU until a few days before Shea made his commitment. He reportedly has a few different opportunities available to him, including one with Ole Miss. Needless to say, LSU may thing that something shady went down, but there is nothing wrong on the surface with the situation.
2/11/15: Statistics are all about presentation and perception. If one looks at Ole Miss' 2015 recruiting class and notices that they ranked sixth out of seven teams in the SEC West, one might conclude it was not a good recruiting effort. However, that same recruiting class finished 21st overall (according to Rivals), and that is a decidedly better outcome. In fact, the Rebels finished with 22 recruits, six of which were rated as 4-stars. They had a better ranking than Florida, Virginia Tech and Arkansas. Also, Hugh Freeze is a pretty good coach, so they may well end up better than they start.
2/4/15: As the old saying goes "a rising tide raises all ships", and Ole Miss may be a beneficiary of that rising tide. The rising tide, of course, is the high caliber of football programs in the SEC, particularly the SEC West. All seven SEC West teams were ranked in the top 25 for this year's recruiting class, with Ole Miss placing seventh among the division at number 24 (according to Rivals, as of January 31). So there are two ways to look at it: either the Rebels are last in recruiting in the SEC West, or they are ranked 24th nationally - which is pretty good (and ahead of four SEC East teams).
1/28/15: One of the downsides to big time college football success is that any issue, whether big or small, makes national news. Ole Miss' Trae Elston and Damore'ea Stringfellow were arrested last week for disorderly conduct outside a bar. Unfortunately, this type of thing happens with college students, whether they are star athletes or not. To his credit, Elston has tried to get out in front of the story and apologize for his actions. As expected, the coaching staff is 'gathering information', which may lead to some kind of punishment. Hopefully, this is the first and last of Elston's off-field problems.
1/21/15: Now that all the games have been played and the final tabulations are in, let's take a look at Ole Miss. If you would have told an Ole Miss fan six months ago that his or her team would finish with a 9-4 record, beat Alabama, beat Mississippi State and finish in the top 20, then that fan would have been ecstatic. And that is exactly what the Rebels did. But now it is the final weeks of the recruiting period. Ole Miss' great season seems to be paying off in recruits, including four star defensive back Tony Bridges and defensive tackle D.J. Jones. As it stands, they have the 22nd ranked recruiting class, but that can get even better with a strong close.
1/14/15: The Ole Miss Rebels are going to have to break in a new quarterback next season and no one knows who that will be. Bo Wallace may not be a future professional quarterback, but he does leave the school with several records. The new candidates will have a chance to make a first impression in the spring and the coaching staff can narrow it down in the summer practices. Those practices will be without running back Mark Dodson and safety David Kamara, who are leaving the program. On top of that, the team will have to decide what to do with Chad Kelly and his inability to stay out of trouble.
1/7/14: The SEC West was well-represented in several major bowl games this season. Unfortunately, it was a very tough bowl season for the division, and most teams suffered upsets. That includes Ole Miss, who was thoroughly humbled at the Peach Bowl by TCU. TCU felt snubbed that they were not invited to the College Football Playoff, but at least they did not complain about like Baylor. They let their actions show how good they are and drubbed Ole Miss 42-3. That is the largest margin of loss for Ole Miss, surpassing the 35-3 beating at the hands of Michigan in the 1991 Gator Bowl.
12/3/14: Well, if you cannot win your own division title or get to the playoffs, then the next best thing is to ruin your arch rival's season. That is exactly what Ole Miss did to Mississippi State last Saturday in the latest edition of the Egg Bowl. Jalen Walton broke the game open with a 91 yard touchdown run that should have been stopped after five yards, leading the Rebels to a 31-17 win. The win improved Ole Miss to 9-3 on the season while knocking the Bulldogs out of contention for the College Football Playoffs. The regular season is now over for Ole Miss, but they will be going to a bowl game. Now it is just a waiting game to determine which bowl game they will go to.
11/19/14: The Rebels lost a heartbreaker to LSU a few weeks ago, which dropped them out of the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings. They beat up on FCS Presbyterian two weeks ago and had a bye this past weekend, which is basically two bye weeks in a row. At 8-2, Ole Miss is now ranked 10th by the Playoff Committee, which may be too far back to get into the playoffs. The good news is that they do have two more chances to make an impression on the committee. They are at Arkansas next week followed by the Egg Bowl with Mississippi State.
11/12/14: Ole Miss' fall from elite to also ran was swift. Losing at LSU 10-7 followed by a home loss of 35-31 to Auburn dropped them down to 11th in the CFP rankings and making it almost impossible for them to get into the playoffs. Last Saturday was an easy 'name your score' win over visiting Presbyterian. The score they named was 48-0 and a good chance for stars to pad their stats and backups to get some playing time. While that was effectively a bye week, they have an actual bye this weekend. They will get back to work for a November 22nd game at Arkansas.
11/5/14: Ole Miss is still one of the best teams in the country, but their playoff hopes may be over after a heartbreaking loss to visiting No.3 Auburn. In what amounted to an elimination game, Ole Miss appeared to score the go-ahead touchdown with 90 seconds left. The touchdown was reviewed and it was ruled that receiver Laquon Treadwell fumbled just shy of the goal line. Auburn recovered and held on to win 35-31. Even worse is that Treadwell's season is over as he broke his ankle on the play. The Rebels are now 7-2, 4-2, and are home this Saturday to host Presbyterian.
10/29/14: The Ole Miss Rebels suffered their first defeat of the year and it was a heartbreaker. It was a game of defense in a classic SEC showdown at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. With no timeouts and a long field to go to get into field goal range, Bo Wallace converted a fourth down and got a key pass interference call to get into field goal range. A delay of game made it a 47 yard attempt, but the Rebels tried to get one more shot at winning in, but it was intercepted and the No. 3 Rebels fell to No. 24 LSU 10-7. There is not much time to lament this loss, though, as Auburn is coming to town this Saturday.
10/22/14: Ole Miss stayed in the number 3 spot after dismantling Tennessee 34-3 at home last Saturday. The Rebels allowed a field goal just 2:20 into the game, then completely dominated and shut out the Volunteers, as one would expect a top team to do. There were a lot of contributors to this win. QB Bo Wallace threw for 199 yards and two TDs. Seven players combined for 180 yards and two rushing touchdowns on the day. Meanwhile, Tennessee had six rushers combine for zero yards on 28 carries (-41 on sacks). Ole Miss improved to 7-0, 4-0, and has another SEC game this Saturday at LSU.
10/15/14: What a month for football in the Magnolia State. Ole Miss started the season with some hope but has simply come alive and is off to a 6-0 record. Of course, the two biggest win were over the past two weeks as the Rebels outlasted presumed SEC West favorite Alabama, then went on the road and took down No. 14 Texas A&M. The fine play has earned the respect of the national media, which has rewarded the Rebels with a No. 3 ranking - and within shouting distance of No. 2 Florida State. Ole Miss is back home this Saturday to host the Tennessee Volunteers in a nationally televised primetime game.